Movement day in WSOP $5k buy-in
Sunday was an action-filled day as the flagship $5,000 World Series of Poker No-Limit Hold’em Main Event kicked off Day 2. With over 1,100 players online for the kick-off, it was a grueling 12-hour grind to move up the standings for some of poker’s best players.
The first ever online WSOP Main Event hosted by GG Poker had a total of 27 Day 1 qualifying heats over the past two weeks with players allowed to fire up to three bullets in their quest to make it to Day 2. Many notable names, such as GG Poker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu, fired all three bullets and weren’t able to make it through, but there were still plenty of pros as Day 2 kicked off, including all-time leading bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth.
The record-breaking prize for this year’s winner
This year’s WSOP is has set quite a few records so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the signature main event will shatter the previous record setting prize pool for the Main Event. Although there were worries that the $25 million guaranteed prize pool would not be met — GG Poker was only just over 50% of the way there by Thursday’s heats – a surge of players over the last few days meant there were a total of 5,802 entries and a record-breaking prize pool of $27.5 million was up for grabs.
For the poker players making it to Day 2, they all would need a bit of luck and skill to crack the money bubble as only 782 players would be walking home with a paycheque – nearly a third of the field that entered Day 2 would miss out. Among those hit the rails early in the day were GG Poker Ambassador and German poker pro Fedor Holz and American poker Hall of Famer Phil Hellmuth. Hellmuth likely could have sat back to a min-cash but he took to Twitter to share his goal was a much deeper run.
— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) August 30, 2020
Hellmuth did have a quite unique way to end his main event experience. A quick glance at his Twitter shows that virtually right after his bust-out, he took off from his Mexican poker pad to hit a round at Twin Dolphin golf course – not a bad way to blow off some steam.
Day 1 leader busts in 52nd place
Australian poker player, Kahle Burns, ended the Day 1 qualifying flights with a massive chip lead bagging just over 1.3 million in chips. Burns rode that stack for most of the day but eventually busted out after his King Jack ran into Ace Queen and couldn’t improve. He’ll take home just under $40,000 for two days work so not too bad a payday for him.
Players were scheduled to play down to the final 40 players before calling it a day; however, this year’s WSOP has taught us to expect the unexpected and instead only 38 players will be returning for the final day after the action became fierce on the last hand of the night with multiple bust-outs across different tables.
Remaining players guaranteed a minimum $39,214 payday
Among those surviving Day 2 are a pair of former bracelet winners in Michael Lech and Arkady Tsinis. It also seemed that those who started in the early heats had a bit of luck with Day 1A chip leader Samuel Vousden joining Xuming Qi, the Day 1B chip leader, to advance to the final day.
Leading the pack though is a player who has a bit of experience with deep runs in the WSOP Main Event, Bryan “smbdySUCKme” Piccioli. Piccioli was the Day 5 leader in 2016’s WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas before flaming out on Day 6 but he followed that up the following year with a sixth place, $1.6 million payday at the 2017 WSOP Main Event. Bagging 18.4 million chips gave him a nearly 3 million chip lead over British pro Michael Kane and Bulgarian Stoyan Madanzhiev, who sit in second and third respectively.
All the remaining players will have the rest of the week off to plot their strategy for next weekend’s final day and a shot at nearly $4 million and the bragging rights that go with being a Main Event champion.
Tune in to GG Poker on September 6 as the action will continue and the players will play down to both the final table and eventually crown this year’s WSOP Main Event champion.
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